EBHS Teacher Charged - PRPS Public Statement

event Published 2021-12-20T22:00:00.000Z

In the late evening of December 16, 2021, Prairie Rose Public Schools was informed by the Redcliff RCMP that an Eagle Butte High School teacher was arrested and charged with two criminal counts including sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor. Following notification of the arrest and charges, this individual was immediately removed from the school environment and they are no longer actively working for the school division or with any division students.

In a case of sexual assault, there are specific legal steps that must be followed before a name can be released to the public and to ensure the victim is protected. As the investigation is being conducted by the RCMP, additional details regarding this case will be provided through the detachment in a separate media release. Prairie Rose Public Schools is committed to assisting the RCMP fully and transparently throughout the process and is also collaborating with the local Child Advocacy Centre (Sanare Centre) and the Canadian Mental Health Association to support the school community moving forward.

Students and parents of our school community can access support through school liaison Tanya Ridgedale at 403-502-2126 or division liaison Janay Gregory at 403-594-2795. 

Local mental health supports can be accessed by contacting the southeast chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association at 403-504-1811. 

Local sexual assault and trauma support can be accessed through the Sanare Centre at 403-548-2717 

Most importantly, student safety and care becomes our number one priority. Understandably, many within the school community will have questions and feel upset or anxious by this news. Counselling support through our Family School Liaison team has been put in place for those who require it and will remain available through the Christmas break. Furthermore, we have encouraged any student or staff member with information related to the case, to contact the Redcliff RCMP directly.

We acknowledge this news is very unsettling for our entire school community. Moving forward, Prairie Rose Public Schools will be guided in its actions and decisions by our commitment to student safety, providing safe learning environments for student learning, respect for process and the privacy of those involved, and for the legal process.

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Media inquiries can be directed to:

Angela Baron
Director of Communications
Prairie Rose Public Schools
angelabaron@prrd8.ca